World Reflects on Life and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

Collected by The Warrior Staff

After the death of Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96, thousands of articles and obituaries appeared in publications around the globe as people mourned the passing of possibly the most renowned woman in the world. Additionally, world leaders shared their thoughts and condolences. Below, The Warrior staff collected excerpts of some of what was written after the Queen died on September 8.

“But, if we step back and survey the seven decades of the second Elizabethan era, there is a coherence to her time as Queen which future historians will almost certainly appreciate. Queen Elizabeth II oversaw the transformation of the British empire into a commonwealth of nations, and the United Kingdom into a devolved but unified confederacy of nation states.” –Laura Beers, professors of history at American University (CNN)

“Elizabeth, though, remained determinedly committed to the hallmark aloofness, formality and pageantry by which the monarchy has long sought to preserve the mystique that underpinned its existence and survival. Her courtly and reserved manner changed little.” –NY Times

“Elizabeth’s reign lasted from the industrial age to the internet age — 70 years of endurance and stoicism in which she met generations of legendary, mostly male, global leaders and helped steer Britain through the loss of its empire and its emergence as a midsized multicultural nation.” -NBC News

Here fate and character would collide. It was her fate to take the Crown as the country moved into far-reaching change. But the Queen was open about her liking for tradition, for the ways things had always been done, and her dislike of change.”

“Indefatigable in dispatching her official duties, she traveled the length and breadth of Britain and around the globe to meet the subjects of her kingdom and commonwealth, who turned out by the millions to see her. At home at Buckingham Palace, she received crowned heads, presidents and international luminaries, hosting state dinners replete with pomp and circumstance and the glitter of fabulous jewels.” -LA Times

“Anyone who thought that she would put her personal comfort before what she saw was her duty doesn’t understand the character of The Queen, the last of the Greatest Generation” — Historian Andrew Roberts (WSJ)

“As the only monarch the vast majority of Britons have ever known, she has been a constant in people’s lives — her profile on the currency, on the stamps. She was there in times of celebration and sorrow and fear. As she aged, she became more and more a grandmotherly figure of warm and fuzzy affection, even for those who don’t especially like the institution.”     –The Washington Post

“It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.” –Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau via Twitter

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.” –French President Emmanuel Macron via NPR 

“Over her seven decades on the throne, Her Majesty was a pillar of leadership in the global arena and a devoted friend of freedom… Her Majesty capably shepherded the United Kingdom through great turbulence and transition. As the Head of the Commonwealth, she helped advance a new global order of security, prosperity and peace.” –Speaker Nancy Pelosi via Twitter

“Like so many of you, Michelle and I are grateful to have witnessed Her Majesty’s dedicated leadership, and we are awed by her legacy of tireless, dignified public service. Our thoughts are with her family and the people of the United Kingdom at this difficult time.” –Former President Barack Obama via Twitter

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”  -Prince Charles III, in an excerpt taken from Yahoo! News